When Italians moved to America it seems that they were forced to hand in their sense of irony at Ellis Island Immigration.
For ages they have been up in arms about the stereotype of Italian Americans shown in the Mafia series of games.
UNICO National wants to make it clear that not everyone who is Italian is involved in the Mafia and are particular upset over the portrayal of Italian gangsters in the recently released Mafia II.
The outfit is making a big song and dance about the fact that it managed to stuff up 2K Games’ mobster adventure launch in New York.
Andre’ DiMino, spokesperson and man upset by Mafia II said he had no doubt his group’s efforts resulted in the Mafia II Launch Party, at the 92nd Street Y’s Tribeca Center, being a dismal failure.
He said that when the organisation first heard about this marketing event it went into action. Originally the idea was to get parent company Take-Two to “halt release of the game and cleanse it of all references to Italians and Italian-Americans” so it was not a complete success.
After all a bunch of Italian-Americans making a games developer an offer it could not refuse, using intimidation in a bid to get them to show respect, and scaring away potential customers from a games launch party is not stereotypical behaviour is it? We would have thought the best way to stop stereotyping would be to stop acting like a stereotype.
For what it is worth there have been no protests against the game in Rome, nor in Naples where there is a thriving Mafia. We don’t know about further South, which is where a lot of the US immigrants came from.
Actually the founder of all protest groups who were cross against depictions of Italians in Mob movies was Joe Colombo (pictured). He set up the Italian-American Civil Rights League to get the Godfather flick shut down.
The only problem was that he was was the boss of the Colombo crime family, one of the “Five Families” who ruled New York and other mob bosses did not like him drawing so much attention to them.
He was shot during a league rally apparently at the request of another Mafia boss, Carlo Gambino who was miffed over the publicity generated by Colombo’s League activities. Now that would have looked good at a Take-Two party.